Thomas M. Pyra
Mr. Pyra has over 30 years of senior operating and financial leadership experience with public and private food, manufacturing, technology and financial services companies.In his last position, Mr. Pyra was President, COO, and a member of the Board of Directors of Clark Inc., a NYSE listed company. Mr. Pyra was the CFO when the company went public, and during his tenure at Clark closed and integrated 28 acquisitions before selling the company to Aegon a public Dutch Insurance Company in March, 2007.
Mr. Pyra has closed numerous capital transactions throughout the course of his career including public stock offerings on both the NSDQ and NYSE, private equity funding, senior bank debt, sub debt, a private placement of public equity at a premium to market, and a $305M securitization.
Mr. Pyra is a member of the Board of Swedish Covenant Hospital, Chicago Illinois where he serves on several committees involved in dealing with growth-related issues. As a member of this Board he has gained unique insight into the issues that a major independent hospital faces with respect to the new Healthcare Reform Act and in the evolving relationships between doctors, nurses, and administration.Mr. Pyra currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Department of Finance at DePaul. He has served for 5 years on the Board of Trustees of St. Michaels Academy in Austin, Texas including the last year as Chairman. Mr. Pyra is currently an adjunct professor at the DePaul University Kellstadt Graduate School of Business where he teaches a graduate Finance course in Valuation, Mergers, and Acquisitions. Mr. Pyra also currently serves on the Board of Harper Community College Foundation.